As warmer weather approaches, your kitchen will fast become the hub of your home. But this year, change is afoot…
Perhaps your children are moving out to university in the not too distant future? Or you’re eager to finally host the perfect night of alfresco dining?
Here at Creative Interiors, we’ve become experts in transforming family kitchens into something sleek, sophisticated and distinctly grown-up. With just a few tweaks, you can create a room that can be both a soothing sanctuary from a busy day and a thriving space for dinner parties.
Here are our top tips for the best way to create your dream kitchen for lighter nights.
Make the most of the natural lighting
If you’re inviting friends over for the evening, remember the golden rule: light and airy equals warm and welcoming. The key to creating a summer-friendly kitchen is working with natural light. We recommend using white walls and fittings that encourage light to bounce around the space easily.
If you’d like to go minimal but are worried it may look clinical rather than inviting, we’ve got the solution. Balance out modern elements with British heritage-inspired designs to keep things cosy.
The Oakley Kitchen range is formed of traditional British oak and has features like pull-out trays and skirting details that look superb, particularly when combined with a modern colour palette. Alternatively, take inspiration from the British seaside with the Salcombe kitchen range, featuring bleached wooden beams and tonal flooring.
Add the investment pieces you’ve always wanted
If your not-so-little-ones have finally flown the nest, it’s time to reclaim your home. There’s no better time to get your kitchen looking exactly how you want it, so why not treat yourself? Invest in the appliances you’ve always dreamed of and cook up a storm.
As well as smart gadgets, like self-cleaning ovens and boiling water taps, there is a whole host of luxury kitchen brands for you to add to your bespoke kitchen. From Laufen’s signature Swiss functionality to Daval’s British luxury, there’s an aesthetic to meet your every need.
One of our most popular add-ons is the quintessential AGA cooker, often nicknamed ‘the heart of the home’. Handcrafted in the UK for generations and loved by Mary Berry and Jamie Oliver, these beautifully British cookers use a thermostatic control to cook food to perfection. As they’re able to slow cook food, they make dinner party prep a breeze.
They’re also known for keeping kitchens wonderfully warm – ideal for when the garden gets cool in the evening and your guests want to cosy up indoors.
With a range of on-trend colours for you to choose from, an AGA is a great way to put your own stamp on a piece of iconic craftsmanship. We’re super-excited about their limited colour for 2017 – Dartmouth Blue.
Style that goes from day to night
When designing your kitchen, it’s vital to bring out features that are essential to you. From airy windows that are perfect for basking in the sun (drink in hand, of course!) to spaces that embrace relaxed, alfresco dining with friends.
To add that grown-up glamour, we’ll need to chat through how you’d like to use your kitchen day-to-day. We’ll walk you through each step so that you can visualise your creation from day one.
If you’re imagining a comfortable retreat to get lost with a book, we can suggest a bespoke seating nook that you can sink right into. Or if you’re eager to host a summer shindig or two, we may suggest an island unit (perfect for serving food and drink).
When designing the kitchen you’ve always wanted, every option is up to you and we’re here to guide you through.
Inspired to make some changes to your kitchen?
Derby based Creative Interiors has been supplying high quality fitted kitchens, fitted bathrooms and fitted bedrooms for over 45 years. Maximising space, enhancing desirability, elevating lifestyles – and all the time adding excitement, practicality and value to homes both large and small. Established in 1969, Creative Interiors has installed over 10,000 rooms.
We have been a full Kbsa member for 16 years and champion the Association's high standards of design, supply, installation and customer service.
Our reputation for excellence has been earned not merely through offering you and your home an inspired selection of kitchen, bathroom and bedroom designs. More influential still has been the fact that we deliver a total service – comprehensive project management from start to finish.